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Summit Conference

  • 1. Encounter
    2. Estelle's Theme
    3. Conversation
    4. Meteor
    5. Solace
    6. Summit Conference
    7. Breath
    8. Gone
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1003

  • Credits
    ProducerRalph Simon
    EngineerJoe Barbaria

    Personnel: Reggie Workman (bass); Sam Rivers (soprano & tenor saxophones); Julian Priester (trombone); Andrew Hill (piano); Pheeroan Aklaff (drums).
    Recorded at Kampo Audio, New York, New York on December 5-6, 1993.
    Personnel: Sam Rivers (flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Julian Priester (trombone); Andrew Hill (piano); Pheeroan akLaff (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Joe Barbaria.
    Liner Note Author: Reggie Workman.
    Recording information: Kampo Audio, New York, NY (12/05/1993/12/06/1993).
    Editor: Allan Tucker.
    Photographer: Joanne Dugan.
    For this inspired 1994 date, veteran bassist Reggie Workman assembled four fellow avant-garde luminaries: pianist Andrew Hill, saxophonist Sam Rivers, trombonist Julian Priester, and drummer Pheeroan akLaff. By the usual standards of these highly adventurous players, the record is relatively accessible, but it does makes for challenging listening. The quintet opens with "Encounter," a busy and bold selection by the late John Carter. Overall, only Workman's "Summit Conference" and Priester's "Breath" feature sustained periods of cacophony, yet even these freer pieces are built around a defined melody and structure. Sonelius Smith's "Conversation" and Rivers' "Solace" bump along with Latin rhythms; Priester shines on both tracks. The trombonist is also the dominant voice on Rivers' fast-swinging "Meteor." Rivers plays soprano sax on Workman's "Estelle's Theme" and flute on Hill's "Gone," the latter a duet with Hill that closes the session on an austere yet calming note. ~ David R. Adler

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (1/95, p.40) - 4.5 Stars - Very Good Plus - " been polished and refined into a sort of mainstream, awaiting its turn in the revivalist limelight....the virtuoso veterans on SUMMIT CONFERENCE create highly structured, tightly focused improvisations that sound rich, ripe, and fully mature--neither fresh nor stale..."
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